Flemish artist c. 1630
Panel, 45 x 67.5 cm
Acquired in 1949; inv. 6039
This fine depiction of spring, with its trees in blossom and fresh green foliage, probably shows the Brabant region. There is strong evidence to suggest it is the work of a Flemish landscape painter of the early seventeenth century practicing in the wake of Jan Brueghel the Elder (cf.
no. 7): the figures are without a doubt inspired by the master. The execution resembles that of paintings by Denijs van Alsloot (c.
1570 - c.
1627), but cannot be attributed to him. There is a date – 1604 – on the roof of the building on the right. It is possible that this is the date of the painting, yet it appears to have been executed at a later date. It may be that of construction of the monastic buildings.